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This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your… (edição: 2012)

de John Brockman (Autor)

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This Will Make You Smarter presents brilliant but accessible ideas to expand every mind. What scientific concept would improve everybody's cognitive toolkit? This is the question John Brockman, publisher of Edge.org, posed to the world's most influential thinkers. Their visionary answers flow from the frontiers of psychology, philosophy, economics, physics, sociology, and more. Surprising and enlightening, these insights will revolutionize the way you think about yourself and the world.… (mais)
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Título:This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking (Edge Question Series)
Autores:John Brockman (Autor)
Informação:Harper Perennial (2012), Edition: 1, 448 pages
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This book had a few conceptual gems in it, but at a low enough density to not make it worthwhile. It's clear that a large number of essayists are writing about topics to signal looking smart, rather than to actually help you in any way. Don't waste your time. ( )
  isovector | Dec 13, 2020 |

This book is a collection of essays that are 2 or 3 pages long. The first few essays contend that we are not unique in the universe. A couple of them tell us that microbes dominate the earth and also the human body.
Several of them seemed to be way behind the times for example.
(1) The Copernican Principle harks back to the 1800's when science believed that the universe was deterministic. This author seems unaware that quantum mechanics showed the deterministic viewpoint as being inadequate. (Page 11)
(2) "Experimentation" seems to advocate changing only one variable at a time. That is a terribly inefficient method of studying complex phenomena. The author of this section ignores the power of Design of Experiments, which is a powerful method of narrowing down what matters and what doesn't when there are lots of possible causes. (Page 23)
(3) The next essay glorifies experimentation: The Controlled Experiment advocates the value of controlled experimentation instead of "instinct or partially informed debate."
(4) That is followed by an article advocating Thought experiments. (Since that is pretty much the opposite of the previous essay, perhaps there is something for everyone in this book of essays.) "The (Thought Experiment) was particularly important during the development of quantum mechanics," His favorite is Galileo's (thought experiment) proof that ... Aristotle was wrong. (Page 28)
The Pessimistic Meta-Induction from the History of Science article was more fun. "Because so many scientific theories from bygone eras have turned out to be wrong, we must assume that most of today's theories will eventually prove incorrect as well." (Page 30) "knowledge collapses apparently as fast as it accretes, that our own most cherished beliefs might appear patently false to posterity. ... If, by contrast, you think that uncovering your mistakes is one of the best ways to revise and improve your understand of the world, then this is actually a highly optimistic insight." (Page 31) ( )
  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
A very interesting book. I liked the short essay format because I got to get a taste of the thinking and ideas of some very notable people without having to plow through great volumes of work I may neither enjoy nor even understand.
This book is a collection of essays posted to the web site: www.edge.org, so, of course, reading the book made me become a reader of the web site. I am glad of both! ( )
  Paul-the-well-read | Apr 18, 2020 |
No se dejen llevar por la calificación (3/5) que le doy al libro, en realidad es muy, muy bueno. Lo que pasa es que es muy difícil alcanzar el potencial que este libro pretende.

Me explico: este libro está hecho de un buen número de capítulos muy cortos (sin mirar, me atrevo a decir que la media debe ser de dos o tres páginas) que bien podrían ser artículos en Edge.org. Casi todos estos capítulos están bien escritos (y bien traducidos!) para explicar un concepto relevante. Cada uno es la respuesta a la pregunta ¿Qué concepto científico podría mejorar el instrumental cognitivo de las personas?

En otras palabras, cada capítulo pretende explicar brevemente un concepto que podría mejorar las capacidades cognitivas del humano promedio (es decir, que podría "hacerlo más inteligente")

El problema en realidad es la densidad de conceptos. Creo que soy una persona razonablemente inteligente, y de todo el libro yo puedo entender, adoptar y aplicar inmediatamente unos 6 ó 7 conceptos. No es que no pueda entender más (están muy bien explicados), tampoco es que no pueda adoptar más conceptos, sino que no puedo hacerlo de forma inmediata. En efecto, el libro contiene muchísimo potencial para que el lector se haga a sí mismo más inteligente, pero no de forma inmediata ni con todas las ideas que presenta. Si lo que uno quiere es aprovechar al máximo todas (o un buen porcentaje de) las ideas de este libro, se requiere un esfuerzo consciente, ordenado y continuo. Sencillamente, hay mucho que aprender y poco tiempo para hacerlo.

El libro está bien editado y ordenado para agrupar conceptos relacionados o parecidos uno después del otro, de forma que se pueden hilar varios conceptos muy fácilmente. Más allá de la quizá excesiva densidad de información es un excelente libro, que puede ayudar al lego a hacerse* más inteligente.

*: con trabajo propio, claro está ( )
  andycyca | Aug 6, 2019 |
This book is a compilation of responses to a single question, what scientific concept would improve everybody's cognitive toolkit? While most of these brief essay responses are unlikely to provide much profoundly useful information for most readers, this book provides an interesting glimpse at the range of perspectives that thinkers in our society hold about themselves, their work, and the people within and outside their circles. Some of these responses seem to ignore the question entirely, using this exercise as a vehicle for talking about their current pet research question or to write about a pet peeve loosely related to science and society. Some of the responses display a condescending tone and lack of understanding of non-academics and non-scientists that nicely illustrates the tradeoffs that specialization carries for society and its experts. There are some interesting and powerful ideas as well within this book, covering a wide range of subjects, making this a good survey of ideas to browse when looking for new topics to read more about. ( )
  JBarringer | Dec 30, 2017 |
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